Biological Resource Surveys (Botanical & Wildlife Surveys)
Botanical Surveys, SFPUC Crystal Springs, Alambeda, and Peninsula Watershed Lands: As a subconsultant to URS Corporation, Orion, Tetratech, and Kennedy/Jenks Engineers, May & Associates, Inc. has provided botanical surveys of the Crystal Springs, Alameda, and Peninsula Watersheds since 2002, in support of a variety of projects, including fire break and fire management studies, and vegetation management studies. Botanical studies included rare plant surveys, habitat assessments, vegetation classification, and general botanical floristic surveys. Ongoing, 2002 to 2005.
Conzelman Road Widening, Mission blue Butterfly Habitat Mapping, National Park Service: May and Associates, Inc. under contract with the National Park Service, conducted pre-construction mission blue butterfly habitat surveys and prepared maps for the various road widening alternatives associated with a proposed widening of Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands. Ongoing, May 2004 to present.
San Francisco Airport Authority, San Francisco Airport Expansion Project, Wetland Mitigation Site Selection and Planning: Assessed 35,000 acres in the north and south Bay Area for inclusion in a large-scale wetland mitigation program to offset wetland impacts associated with the San Francisco International Airport expansion project. For this project, May & Associates, Inc. developed a habitat classification system; prepared detailed habitat maps; conducted focused botanical and wildlife studies; and mapped wetlands. We also assisted with evaluating potential sites based on existing biological resources, and on potential to support wetlands and sensitive biological resources in the future. Subconsultant to Jones & Stokes. 2000-2002.
The Nature Conservancy, Staten Island Preserve: Conducted detailed habitat mapping and threatened and endangered species surveys for over 4,000-acres of recently acquired land within the Cosumnes River floodplain. Completed detailed habitat mapping, threatened and endangered species surveys, waterfowl monitoring, an agronomic study, and a sandhill crane study for the recently acquired 9,000-acre Staten Island in the North Delta. Under the CALFED Bay-Delta program the Nature Conservancy has received several grants to purchase these lands either through fee-title or conservation easement for the purpose of ecosystem restoration that will ultimately benefit the natural ecosystems and processes within the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta. May and Associates, Inc. provides the expertise and experience necessary to inventory and describe the biological resources present so that future restoration and land management decisions are sensitive to, and provide benefits for, natural resources present at the sites. 2002 - 2003.
The Nature Conservancy, Lassen Foothills Project: Conducted surveys for federally listed fairy and tadpole shrimp species and rare vernal pool plants at the Vina Plains Preserve in Tehama County, California. Also provided vegetation monitoring services in support of a three-year vernal pool landscape management study funded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The study evaluated the effects of various livestock grazing regimes in combination with prescribed fire on the siteís biological resources, including threatened and endangered species as well as native wildflowers and invasive weed species. 1998-2000.
Plumas National Forest, Wildlife Surveys: Conducted focused surveys for California spotted owls, northern goshawks, bats, amphibians, and forest carnivores for the Upper and Lower Slate Creek watersheds. May & Associates, Inc. developed work plans, coordinated field teams, and performed focused surveys according to U.S. Forest Service protocols. Subconsultant to Foster-Wheeler Environmental Corporation. 2001.
Entrix, Inc., Nevada Irrigation District Cascade Canal and Pipeline Project: Conducted rare plant surveys to evaluate project related impacts on this controversial project. The project involves a plan to abandon a historic open earthen canal in favor of a more efficient buried pipeline to supply irrigation and drinking water in this historic gold mining district. Plant surveys focused on determining the presence of more than 20 special-status plants known to occur in the local region. 2002.
City of Sacramento, On-call services: Currently on-call with the City of Sacramento to conduct habitat, wildlife, and plant surveys throughout the City of Sacramento. Services have included surveys and habitat evaluations for giant garter snake, Swainsonís hawk, western burrowing owl, and valley elderberry long horned beetle. Ongoing, 2002 to present.
Botanical Surveys, SFPUC Crystal Springs, Alameda, and Peninsula Watershed Lands: As a subconsultant to URS Corporation, Orion, Tetratech, and Kennedy/Jenks Engineers, May & Associates, Inc. has provided botanical surveys of the Crystal Springs, Alameda, and Peninsula Watersheds since 2002, in support of a variety of projects, including fire break and fire management studies, and vegetation management studies. Botanical studies included rare plant surveys, habitat assessments, vegetation classification, and general botanical floristic surveys. Ongoing, 2002 to 2005.
The Nature Conservancy, Global Vegetation Classification System: Assisted with development of plant community descriptions for Joshua Tree National Park, Edwards Air Force Base, and Vandenberg Air Force Base. Community descriptions were included in a global vegetation classification system as representatives of California desert plant communities. 1995 to 1996.
U.S. Navy, San Clemente Island: May & Associates, Inc. conducted dry-season sampling and cyst hatching efforts for the presence of San Diego fairy shrimp on San Clemente Island, CA. Dry samples were collected and processed, and analyzed for the presence of Branchinecta spp. cysts (embryonic eggs). These cysts were then hatched and reared in the laboratory for species identification. Subconsultant to Bitterroot Restoration. 2001 to 2002.
The Nature Conservancy, Agate Desert Oregon Natural Heritage Program: May & Associates, Inc. designed sampling protocol and sampling methods, and conducted sampling for a large-scale investigation of aquatic macro-invertebrates in the greater Medford Area, Jacksonville County, Oregon. Wetlands included in the study were chosen from aerial photographs using a stratified random sampling method. The wetlands were intended to represent the range of biological, chemical, and physical conditions of each landform. Results of the survey indicated the macro-invertebrate assemblages were similar to those invertebrates found in the northern portion of the Central Valley of California. During the study, the range of the federally threatened vernal pool fairy shrimp was extended to include southern Oregon. 1997 to 1998.
Sacramento County, Department of Parks and Recreation Prairie City Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park Site: As part of an ongoing park evaluation project, May & Associates, Inc., conducted wet-season and dry-season large branchiopod surveys as part of an ongoing study at the Prairie City OHV Park. Assisted staff with multiple-year data analysis. 2000.
University of California, Davis, Burrowing Owl Monitoring and Mitigation Implementation: May & Associates, Inc. has conducted intensive burrowing owl surveys and monitoring in the University of California, Davis central campus since 1992. Also conducted burrowing owl surveys in the south Campus and UC Davis Airport since the late 1990s. May & Associates, Inc. implemented burrowing owl mitigation by constructing and installing artificial nest boxes in the central campus area. Current and while employed by Jones & Stokes Associates. Ongoing, 1992 to present.
Sloat Biological Consulting, Norther Goshawk Surveys: Performed focused northern goshawk surveys using a U.S. Forest Service survey protocol for the Lassen National Forest, CA. Subconsultant to Sloat Biological Consulting. 2002.
Sloat Biological Consulting, Willow Flycather Surveys: Performed focused willow flycatcher surveys using a U.S. Forest Service-approved survey protocol for the Plumas National Forest, CA. Subconsultant to Sloat Biological Consulting. 2002.
Hughes Environmental, Willow Flycather Surveys: Performed focused willow flycatcher surveys using USFWS-approved survey protocol for a proposed bridge replacement project, Susanville, CA. Subconsultant to Hughes Environmental Consulting. 2000.
Aegilent Technologies, Burrowing Owl Management: Provided technical assistance to environmental lawyers representing Aegilent Technologies. Assessed a project site buffer known to support burrowing owls to assess the effects of planned projects on the resident owl population. Assessed the legal and biological effects, and provided technical input. Subconsultant to Stevens & OíConnell LLP. 2000 to 2001.
The Nature Conservancy, Vina Plains Preserve Expansion and Vernal Pool Monitoring Program: Assessed several additional properties to be added to the Vina Plains Preserve. Conducted fairy shrimp and rare plant surveys, and vegetation monitoring over a three-year period in support of TNCís investigation of the effects of grazing and fire management programs on plant and wildlife species. Prepared a summary report documenting results of TNCís five-year research project investigating the effects of fire and grazing on vernal pool resources. 1995 to 2000.
The Nature Conservancy, Cosumnes River Preserve Expansion and Riparian Monitoring Program: Conducted baseline fairy shrimp, wetland, wildlife and rare plant surveys, and prepared a riparian mitigation monitoring program for two parcels acquired by the Cosumnes River Preserve. Assisted TNC with Section 7 that addresses TNCís planned removal/enhancement of elderberry shrubs during riparian restoration activities at the preserve. Prepared a Biological Resources Assessment report and map. Provided assistance with preserve-wide noxious weed detection and control program. 1998 to 2002.

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